Phone: (312) 214-0000
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1993)
Columbia College, Columbia University A.B., magna cum laude (1990)Admissions:
Illinois, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of CO, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Central District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of IL, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IN, U.S. District Court for the District of NE, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of TX, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of TX
Adam J. Levitt is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. and leads the Firm's Consumer Practice Group. He specializes in complex commercial litigation, class action, and mass tort litigation in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, technology, and agricultural law. Mr. Levitt served as co-lead counsel in two of the largest agricultural and biotechnology class actions in recent years, recovering more than $1 billion in damages for the plaintiffs: In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, in which Mr. Levitt has obtained settlements exceeding $900 million on behalf of long-grain rice producers and others who suffered losses resulting from contamination of the U.S. rice supply with unapproved, genetically modified seeds; and In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation, where he recovered $110 million on behalf of farmers who sustained market losses on their corn crops arising from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with genetically-modified StarLink corn.
Mr. Levitt is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers for the past several years, acknowledged by Lawdragon as one of the leading lawyers in America, and has been named "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer Magazine.
With one of the country's leading consumer litigation practices, Mr. Levitt has successfully served as counsel in numerous class and complex litigation cases at both the state and federal courts, as well as on the trial and appellate court levels. His current cases include several notable consumer actions: In re Honey Transshipping Litigation; In re Porsche Cars North America Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Product Liability Litigation; In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation; Belville v. Ford Motor Company; In Re: Dial Complete Marketing and Sales Litigation; and In re Wesson Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation.
Mr. Levitt serves as President of the Class Action Trial Lawyers, a division of the National Trial Lawyers, of which he is an Executive Committee Member. Since 2005, Mr. Levitt has served as an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Levitt sits on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. In 2013, he became an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. Mr. Levitt is also a peer reviewer of articles submitted to AAJ's Trial magazine.
Mr. Levitt has authored numerous articles on class action litigation and consumer protection; his most recent publications include:
"The Ascertainability Fallacy and Its Consequences," AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2015; "Fees Obliterate Managed Futures Fund Profits," Financial Advisor, 2014; "Calculating Damages in Securities Class Actions," TRIAL, Vol. 49, No. 6, 2013; "The Role and Function of Corporate Representatives at Trial," The Trial Lawyer, Vol. II, No. IV, 2013; "Multidistrict Litigation Practice: The Function and Shifting Focus of the JPML in Class Action and Other 'Bet the Company' Litigation," a chapter from Straight from the Top: Case Studies in the World of Litigation, 2012; "Sticky Situations in Mass Tort Settlements," TRIAL, Vol. 48, No. 11, 2012; "CAFA and Federalized Ambiguity: The Case for Discretion in the Unpredictable Class Action," 120 Yale L.J. Online 233, 2011; "Taming the Metadata Beast," New York Law Journal, 2008; "The Big Business Wish List: Proposed Illinois Supreme Court Rule 225 and the Demolition of Consumer Rights," The Class Act, 2005; "Foreign Investors Serving as Lead Plaintiffs in U.S.-Based Securities Cases," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005; "Proposed Rule 225: A Death Warrant for Class Actions in Illinois," Illinois Bar Journal, 2005; "An Illinois Lawyer's Guide to Service of Process in Mexico," Illinois Bar Journal, 1994.
In addition to his writings, Mr. Levitt is a frequent speaker on topics of consumer protection, multi-district litigation, biotechnology, corporate governance, securities litigation, and Internet privacy. Mr. Levitt has also testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee on class action practice and related issues. In addition to chairing Law Seminars International's "Litigating Class Actions" annual conference in Chicago, Mr. Levitt's recent speaking engagements include: